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How do we know if the Garden Community will be viable?

The viability of the Garden Community will be explored as we work through the project, which is split into two phases. The first phase runs from January 2021 to February 2022. It includes:

  • Technical studies
  • Viability appraisal
  • Public consultation (including a communities’ survey)
  • Creating a communication & engagement strategy
  • Creating a vision and objectives for the project
  • A Phase One Masterplan (Constraints/Opportunities)

If, after evaluation, the project can progress to beyond Phase One, Phase Two would run from March 2022 to June 2023. In this phase, the prospectus documents are created that cover critical aspects of the Garden Community such as:

  • Vision
  • Masterplan
  • Design coding
  • Infrastructure
  • Future proofing
  • Long-term management structure
  • Health
  • Choice

Viability will be considered throughout the prospectus documents.

How can residents have their say?

Through the communities’ survey. It is the first of several consultation opportunities available over the project period.


What is land value capture and what does it mean for a Garden Community?

When land is allocated for development in the Local Plan or granted planning permission, the value of that land can increase significantly. This increase can be used to meet the up-front and long-term costs of infrastructure, community facilities and other amenities. In a Garden Community, a fair share of the land value created is invested in the Garden Community itself, providing long-term benefits for all.

Does a Garden Community in Hart have to be 5,000 homes?

As part of this process, we are testing what a new community could look like, up to 5,000 homes, but in exploring this, we could conclude a smaller community could work just as well or even better. Typically, at 4,500-5,000 homes, a local secondary school becomes viable, which is one of the reasons why Hart is exploring an opportunity at around 5,000 homes.

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